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What is bell s palsy signs and symptoms?

What is bell s palsy signs and symptoms?

Facial paralysis: Sudden onset of one-sided paralysis or weakness of facial muscles (usually onset in minutes or hours) which may be associated with reduced blinking from one eye, excessive tear production, altered speech and swallowing, ringing in the ear, sensitivity to loud noise, altered taste, prickly numb facial sensations, ear pain. ...Read more

Palsy (Definition)

...is a corruption of French "paralise" from Latinized Greek "paralysis." In the old days it meant any kind of persistent weakness. To this day Parkinson's disease is also called "paralysis agitans" which is a Latin translation of Dr. Parkinson's original name for it, the "shaking palsy." We've obviously reborrowed the full form "paralysis" into English as well; today ...Read more


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What is bell s palsy symptoms from?

What is bell s palsy symptoms from?

Loss of nerve action: Bell's palsy is from dysfunction of the seventh cranial nerve which activates the muscles of the face. It usually occurs suddenly, rarely has pain, but causes the eyelids, facial side and mouth to droop. Most are self limited but can take up to 6 months to improve. A few last and need surgery to correct the changes in the eye and the eating problems from the droopy mouth. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of bell s palsy like stallone has?

Facial weakness!: Bell's palsy (named after sir charles bell an english physician) is an idiopathic(unknown cause!) unilateral facial paralysis affecting the entire one side of the face viral (?Ebstein barr) , bacterial (hliobacter jejuni ) causes have been implicated as possible aetiologies. ...Read more

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If I had Bell’s Palsy once on one side of my face, how likely is it for me to get Bell’s Palsy again?

Uncommon: Bell's palsy is rare to begin with. The chance of getting it a second time (on the same or the other side) is the same as it was the first time. You do not have a unique or higher susceptibility to get this condition even though you got it once. ...Read more

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Can bell's palsy reoccur?

Yes but rare: Bell's palsy can recur but this is rare. Recurrent facial paralysis or weakness may be more commonly related to a tumor growth, infection or a nerve disorder. This should be carefully evaluated by a neurologist of ENT specialist. ...Read more

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How common is bell's palsy?

Not very: Bells palsy is not as uncommon as is generally believed. Worldwide statistics set the frequency at just over .02% of the population (with geographical variations). In human terms this is 1 of every 5000 people over the course of a lifetime and 40, 000 americans every year. (courtesy of the bells palsy web site). ...Read more

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How can I treat bell's palsy?

How can I treat bell's palsy?

Couple of ways: Treatments for bell's palsy include ensuring protection for your eyes [make sure that they are kept moist and protected]. Sometimes physicians will prescribe steroids [to reduce possible swelling] or antivirals [if it is suspected that the bell's palsy was triggered by a virus]. If you suspect that you have bell's palsy, see your doctor to determine the right course of treatment. ...Read more

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How does bell's palsy progress?

Variable: The course of bell's palsy varies from person to person. It is thought to be due to a viral infection that causes swelling in the facial nerve and leads to weakness or paralysis of the facial muscles. This can occur over the course of hours or days. Fortunately, most people recover normal facial function but this can be permanent. ...Read more

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How long could bells palsy last?

Bell's Palsy: Bell's palsy is a condition which affects the nerve that controls the muscles of the face, mouth and eyelids. It usually only affects one side and often resolves in weeks. Some people have more chronic problems with facial muscle weakness. ...Read more

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How likely is bell's palsy to recur?

Depends: A recurrence is more likley if you become pregnant, develop diabetes, or are under significant emotional stress. Complete remission is likely if your symptoms resolved within 2 weeks of onset or if the episode occurred in children under 10 years old. ...Read more

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What happens to people with bell's palsy?

What happens to people with bell's palsy?

Several things: Other than the obvious facial weakness causing cosmetic problems there are other things: 1. Can't close eye - this will dry out the cornea, lead to abrasions and possibly blindness if not treated; 2. Speech difficulty as the lips will be paralyzed and unable to help form sounds; 3. Eating difficulties - along with #2, weak lips will cause food to drip out of the mouth. ...Read more

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Do you have information about bells palsy?

See an ENT: Bell's palsy is a diagnosis of exclusion - meaning that diagnosis is only given when the precise cause of facial paralysis cannot be definitively given. You should see a doctor familiar with all causes. Fortunately most are of viral origin and self limited with full to near full recovery expected. However rarer causes like benign tumors, stroke, lyme disease etc etc must be ruled out. See an ent. ...Read more

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What parts of the body are affected by bell's palsy?

Facial nerve: Bell's palsy is defined as unilateral (one side) paralysis of the seventh cranial nerve, which controls facial movement. Patients have droopy face on that side. There may also be loss of taste and more sensitive hearing on same side. ...Read more

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What are some of the possible causes of bell's palsy?

Multiple: Facial nerve pressure, viruses such as herpes simplex, cold sores, herpes zoster, epstein-barr, rubella, (german measles), mumps virus, tumors and strokes, are all thought to be possible causes. ...Read more

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How to keep incipient bell's palsy from getting worse?

Work up & treatment: You need to be evaluated for infectious causes. If negative, a dose of steroids can be tried. Often this is given with an anti-viral drug or antibiotic based on your lab tests, and present and past medical history. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Bell's palsy?

Bell's palsy: Bell's palsy = paralysis of facial nerve on one side of the face. See: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/bells-palsy/basics/definition/CON-20020529. ...Read more

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What conditions increase the risk of having bell's palsy?

Several: People with diabetes have been shown to be at a significantly increased risk for developing bell's palsy - a dysfunction of the facial nerve causing paralysis in one half of the face. Other conditions associated with increased risk of this condition include pregnancy, especially when pre-ecclampsia is present, and possibly autoimmune diseases and infections, particularly viral. Thanks to d. Jones. ...Read more

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Please help! what is the difference betweeen bells palsy and ramseys hunt syndrome?

Herpes: Herpes oticus, also called ramsay hunt syndrome (an old term), is a infection of the facial nerve by the chicken pox virus, herpes zoster. It is painful. Bell's palsy is a dysfunction of the facial nerve of unknown cause. There is typically no pain with a bell's palsy. ...Read more

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Is bell's palsy contagious?

Is bell's palsy contagious?

No: Even though some believe a viral infection plays a role in bell's palsy, the "disease" is not contagious. ...Read more

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Bell palsy in babbies curable?

Full recovery usual: Acute dysfunction of the facial nerve can occur in newborns and in infants. Some are the result of trauma to the facial nerve from forceps, some due to virus infections, some due to ear infections, others without definite cause. The outcome is usually excellent with full recovery. Some infant are born with defective facial nerves (moebius syndrome) that is permanent. ...Read more

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Will stress cause bell's palsy?

Not typically: Bell's palsy is thought to be due to a viral infection of the facial nerve but the exact cause is often unknown. While stress can aggravate many neurological problems it is not thought to be a cause of bell's palsy. ...Read more

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Can bells palsy cause lymphoma?

Can bells palsy cause lymphoma?

No, the opposite can: Bells palsy does not cause lymphoma. Infection/inflammation is the most common cause of bells's palsy.
However, other condition like certain brain tumor, stroke, certain lymphoproliferative disease- like waldenstrom's etc can be presented with cranial nerve vii paralysis. ...Read more

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What are bell's palsy and causticum?

Bell's palsy: Bell's palsy is an acute partial paralysis of one side of the face often associated with ear pain. Causticum is an homeopathic medicine used for used for rheumatism, arthritis, and paralytic conditions. You can find out more about causticum at http://abchomeopathy.Com/r.Php/caust. ...Read more

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Can bell's palsy be caused by stress?

Can bell's palsy be caused by stress?

No: Although stress can cause the immune system to not work as well and this might lead to an increased incidence of viral illnesses, stress by itself does not cause bell's palsy. ...Read more

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Is bell's palsy the result of a stroke?

Is bell's palsy the result of a stroke?

No: Bells palsy only refers to facial paralysis with an unknown cause although it may be due to a viral infection. A stroke can cause facial paralysis but this is not called bells palsy. ...Read more

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Anyone have any surgery with bell's palsy?

Anyone have any surgery with bell's palsy?

Yes: If there is no improvement of symptoms within 1 week of the onset of the disease, a nerve conduction study can be performed to confirm the diagnosis and early surgical decompression of the facial nerve can be considered (if disease confirmed). ...Read more

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What are the after effects of bell's palsy?

Often none: The facial paralysis of bell's palsy typically resolves completely. ...Read more

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What are some side effects of bell's palsy?

Can not blink: The worst side effect is the inability to close the eye to protect the cornea. The cornea can dry out and get scratched, especially at night when you sleep with eye open. Tape the eye lid closed with scotch tape, particularly when you sleep. During the day, pull the lid down frequently to keep the cornea wet. Other problems is biting inside of lip and cheek and dribbling liquids. ...Read more

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Paralysis (Definition)

A paralyzed limb cannot be voluntarily moved, and the term reflects leg involvement, paraplegia, full body, quadriplegia, and less than full, tetraplegia. Causes can be many, including stroke, trauma, ...Read more